Fashion 101

Today I’m going to address some words and people that you may have been hearing a lot lately but having been asking yourself “what on Earth does that mean?”


First up ‘brogues’.  Brogues are a type of Oxford shoe originally made for men but now offered in styles for women as well.  They usually have a wingtip (decorative leather cap sewn to the tip of a shoe) decorated with perforations and pinkings (saw-toothed trimming on the edge of leather usually in a contrasting color) and originated in Scotland and Ireland.



Bespoke is a British tailoring term that is said to have originated on Savile Row in London (a street famous for its traditional men’s bespoke tailoring).   The term refers to men’s custom-made garments such as suits, shirts and coats.

Savile Row

Doutzen Kroes

If you’ve read American Vogue within the last few years then you’ve seen the face of Doutzen Kroes (pronounced doubt-zen crews).  A favourite of famed fashion photographer Mario Testino Doutzen is known for her athletic body and her pout. Born in the Netherlands on January 23 1985 Doutzen wasn’t discovered like most models shopping wit friends or on her way to school.  She got her break in modeling after sending photos into modeling agency Paparazzi Model Management in Amsterdam in 2003 and moved to New York that same year to pursue a career in modeling.

Since landing her first cover in September 2004 (French Elle) Doutzen has appeared on the cover of Doutzen has been on the cover of Elle nine times, Vogue 17 times and the September 2006 cover of TIME Magazine just to name a few.

Named model of the year by in 2005 (the same year she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel) Doutzen signed a contract with L’Oreal Paris in 2006 and was ranked one of Forbes‘ highest paid models in 2007 and 2008.

She has also been the face of Valentino, Gucci, and Calvin Klein White Label.

Doutzen Kroes



About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine,, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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